Tampa Bay faces Oakland, aims to build on Morton's solid performance
St. Petersburg, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Charlie Morton. Morton went seven innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with seven strikeouts against Oakland.
The Rays are 18-14 on their home turf. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .263 batting average as a team this season, good for fourth in the MLB. Austin Meadows leads the team with a mark of .341.
The Athletics are 15-19 on the road. Oakland has hit 102 home runs this season, seventh in the league. Matt Chapman leads the club with 16, averaging one every 15.7 at-bats.
Chapman leads the Athletics with 31 extra base hits and is slugging .510. Stephen Piscotty is 7-for-37 with a double, two home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .280 batting average, 3.38 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs
Athletics: 4-6, .241 batting average, 5.42 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Anthony Bemboom: 10-day IL (knee).
Athletics Injuries: Sean Manaea: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Gossett: 60-day IL (elbow), Marco Estrada: 10-day IL (lumbar strain), Jharel Cotton: 60-day IL (elbow/hamstring), Nick Hundley: 10-day IL (back), Chris Herrmann: 60-day IL (knee).